Our Lady of Sorrow
Consider the perspective of a loving mother, who has born a child, and following its birth tended to its needs so the child grows into a strong, healthy, wise young adult. And then for that mother to see her child become a blessing to others, showing compassion, teaching wisdom and knowledge of God, always giving and never harming another. Then consider the experience of seeing one’s child tortured and murdered.
Then ponder such a mother who maintains her faith, her belief in her child’s mission, and steadfastly proclaims her child’s message to the world in concern they may learn of such a love that would die so that others may live. Despite the pain, she knows her child’s mission was one of pure love. She embarks to share of her child’s love with others, only to find many in the world scoffing, ridiculing, and rejecting.
This is the state our Blessed Mother has accepted. The sorrow she suffered made an enduring impression on her heart which leads her to know just the consolation we need. She demonstrates what we must evince but which we often find most difficult: courage in the face of darkness. As spirit inhabiting body, our minds often obscure understanding of the Mysteries. Ironically to our mind’s understanding, the human condition of suffering, can open us to awareness frequently beyond what we would have otherwise grasped. In suffering, thinking subsides, and experience can be fully realized. I believe joy in God’s peace and grace can also bring such experiential awareness. Both conditions touch us deep as nothing else can.
In Mother Mary we find no opposition to God’s will, although she underwent the most grievous of pains. Rather than rebel or resent (as we often do), she utilized deep sorrow to become the greatest intercessor we have. No matter what befalls us in life, she is here to guide, comfort, console, and lead us to her Son.
When our reasoning fails, she offers solace. When afflictions disturb us, she offers peace. When we’ve confused and imprisoned our mind with false concepts, she shows us freedom. Never a judgment. For in her sorrow on Earth when she was in physical body, she suffered and saw suffering. She renounced everything that would promise relief from the world, trusting entirely in Our Lord.
Sorrow is not to be run from, resented, judged, questioned, or denied, for such reactions of the mind lead only to more pain.
Whatever befalls us, temptations and all manner of trials, it is ours to experience. With Our Blessed Mother’s guidance and example, we, too, can evince courage. We need not, we must not, become embittered, angry, or cynical. We need only observe, experience, and trust, casting out fear by replacing it with God’s love.
Despite the evil in this world, Mary stands calling us to her Son. Through Mary, we can come to experience, not judge, and learn through utter acceptance and trust in God’s will for our lives so we, too, can become one in our abilities to console and teach others, and then we become a beacon showing the path.
That choice must be made now. You must’nt wait till you are under the stress of sorrow. For in the midst of sorrow we may be unable to choose correctly as the temptation to falter in faith can be immense, make the choice now to recognize sorrow not as an enemy but a part of life. Choose now to trust entirely in Our Lord.